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Sage Lindsay

April 6, 2000 ~ January 23, 2019

Service: April 06, 2019 2:00 P.M.
   Location: VL Arena, 4350 Spain Bridge Rd, Belgrade

Sage Lindsay was a bright light.  On January 23rd she became the angel in Heaven that she already had been on earth. She was our favorite daughter, beloved sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend to so many.  Sage was born April 6, 2000 in Bozeman and immediately changed all our lives forever.  Sage had fun and influenced people wherever she was and never backed down from a challenge. 

Sage was a competitive gymnast for many years at Lone Mountain Gymnastics.  A natural leader, she encouraged and motivated her teammates with her infectious smile and can-do attitude.  She spent years of going to rodeos with her brother, Jordan, videoing every bull ride and bull fight, learning to flank bulls, and becoming part of the rodeo family. As Jordan graduated and Sage realized how much she grew to love this sport and everything it stood for, she decided to trade in her gymnast’s grips for cowboy boots. She began pole bending and barrel racing her junior year of high school. She made it to National High School Rodeo Finals her senior year as part of the Montana Shooting Sports Team. Her rodeo family loved her dearly, blessing her with advice, horses to try, lessons, trucks and trailers to transport horses to rodeos, fun, companionship, fundraising jackpots in her honor, and most importantly, the love of her life, her horse, Ranger.  Never has a naughty horse and a beautiful girl become such an unstoppable and bonded team.  Their love for each other was boundless.  Ranger even came to see Sage at the hospital after she had been admitted.  It was a great day for her.

Sage’s dream was to attend the US Naval Academy.  She worked hard, got the grades, the community service, the leadership, and even passed the physical fitness test, completely unaware that she already had advanced cancer.  She received an appointment to the Naval Academy in November of 2017, only to get her diagnosis in March and become medically disqualified. Sage took the news in stride and cheerfully chose to attend Montana Tech as a Math major.  There she made the Dean’s list, was part of the rodeo club, found a country swing dancing group, and joined the Copper Hill Choir. 

Sage adored her big brothers, Zach and Jordan.  She was quirky and crazy and made weird noises and always had people laughing.  She made fun of herself and others constantly. She taught us that it’s ok to be kind, to be loving, to hug, to cry but to get over it quickly so that there was time to make someone’s day better.  We are all better for having known Sage.  We miss her dearly, but all of Sage’s family and friends are committed to being just a little better than we were, as Sage would have done.  One of her favorite sayings was, “It’s a good day for a good day.”

Sage was overwhelmed by love and support from so many including her sports families, the Bozeman Fire family, the Crane, Lindsay, Neal, Barry, Thiem, Roos, Veltkamp, and Patten families, our generous Bozeman community, and the Bozeman Cancer Center.  The VL Arena has taken care of Ranger superbly, which was critical to Sage.  Although Sage had a tiny body, she had an enormous spirit. She carried us all through the best and worst times. She gave love to so many of you, and she really felt the love all of you gave her. Having donated her corneas, she continues to give that love.  We can only imagine the new outlook on life the recipient will gain!

A scholarship fund has been set up at Montana Tech, the SageStrong-Sage Lindsay Memorial Scholarship.  Those interested can go to foundation.mtech.edu/give and select SageStrong in the drop-down menu.

Sage is survived by her parents, Paul and Camille; brothers, Zach and Jordan; grandparents, Norm and Linda Crane, Jan and Marty Kruzich, Bert and Marilyn Lindsay; aunts and uncles, Mitch and Holly Crane, Lann and Stan Barry, and Greg Lindsay; and numerous cousins and friends.

The Lindsays are so thankful to have had Sage even though her time was far too short. We are hopeful that all of you who loved her will stay in our lives forever. A memorial and birthday party will be held at 2:00 P.M. on April 6 at the VL Arena, 4350 Spain Bridge Rd., Belgrade, MT  59714.

Sage continues to be that bright light in our lives. It’s a good day for a good day.

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